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Jack Dunne – Irish Pro-Rugby player – publicly comes out as bisexual
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Jack Dunne – Irish Pro-Rugby player – publicly comes out as bisexual

Rugby has always been a very inclusive sport, one of the most open-minded team-sports, and a new player - Jack Dunne - comes out publicly about his sexuality. The player for Irish team Leinster discussed his sexuality in a recent Pride-themed webinar for his team's YouTube page, and speaking to TV presenter Craig Doyle, 22-year-old Jack said he's actually been "out as bisexual for four or five years now - but not out in the media." https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=-6coYqePYHQ&feature=emb_logo In a following interview with the Independent.ie he added: "I kind of realised when I was 15 or 16, but you are in a school full of teenage boys. [...] A lot of them would say things that they wouldn't even be thinking about, but they are just doing it out of ignorance....
Carl Nassib comes out as Gay
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Carl Nassib comes out as Gay

Carl Nassib is the first NFL player to publicly come out as gay making history. Carl Nassib, this hot dude in the video below, came out as gay in an Instagram video he shared last Monday afternoon, becoming the first active gay player in National Football League history to come out while signed to a team. https://www.instagram.com/p/CQZXu_8nyy_/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link His message is clear, direct and open-hearted: "I’m at my house in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for. I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for a...
From Nigeria to France to live his homosexuality in total freedom.
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From Nigeria to France to live his homosexuality in total freedom.

Son of homophobic Nigerian presidential aide comes out as gay with a powerful picture on social media. Yes, he is gay and to use his words, he is “gay as f*#K!”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by 🇳🇬 Bolu Okupe 🇳🇬 (@boluokupe) Bolu Okupe is the son of a former top Nigerian politician and former presidential spokesperson - Dr. Doyin Okupe - that according to his twits “he’s been left alone in this ‘spiritual challenge’”deriving from his son’s homosexuality.  Bolu’s Instagram message went rapidly viral, and his father, took it very personally and admitted that being gay is so “un-biblical and un-african” … in fact on twitter he wrote:  “I have been aware of this his new orient...
The Big Bang Theory star, Jim Parson, opens up about his coming-out, and offers us some interesting reflections.
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The Big Bang Theory star, Jim Parson, opens up about his coming-out, and offers us some interesting reflections.

Jim Parsons said that the decision to come out as gay, back in 2016, was “great thing” for him. Jim had a very interesting and almost introspective conversation about his coming out experience on David Tennant’s podcast. Jim, that played the role of Sheldon Cooper in the famous TV Series, reflected on his experience of coming-out, as a famous person, but “through the back door”. Speaking to Jim, Tennant said: “It’s interesting when you have the success that you have had and you also happen to be gay, you become de facto an activist. […] The very fact that you admit that in a world where still not everyone who’s in that position is willing to talk about it…” Jim quickly understood the direction of the question and replied: “That’s right. And that was my last hurdle with coming out. The ...
Darin Zanyar, Sweden’s king of pop, just came out as gay.
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Darin Zanyar, Sweden’s king of pop, just came out as gay.

He came out to his 110k followers on Instagram with a special message rich in pride. Darin Zanyar is 33-year-old, born in Sweden of Kurdish parents, king of Pop that on 3rd August told his 110,000 followers, and the whole world that he is “proud to be gay”. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDbLU09hsrt/ Darin reached a high lever of fame in Sweden after becoming the runner-up in the first season of Idol, a TV talent show back in 2004, when he was only 16. He became one of the country’s best-selling artists, with seven number one albums. Darin’s comingout-post on IG was received with lots of happiness and gratitude from the Kurdish Queer Community that praised the singer’s bravery for coming-out. He is not the first Kurdish artist to come out as a memento of the LGBT+ Commuinity, in fact his ...
Masterchef celebrity Riyadh Khalaf admits he was afraid his dad would have honour-killed him because gay.
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Masterchef celebrity Riyadh Khalaf admits he was afraid his dad would have honour-killed him because gay.

Before being crowned, Riyadh Khalaf struggled through some dark times with his sexuality and the fear of being honour-killed for being gay. When Riyadh - Irish-Iraqi TV broadcaster and YouTuber - came out to his family at the age of 16, he had to face a really family rift, with his Irish-Catholic being supportive and his father appalled to face the reality of his soon being gay. “I was scared my father would honour-kill me”, Riyadh said. https://twitter.com/RiyadhK/status/1288934976818499602?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet His mum found that he was gay after she found some gay porn material on the family computer. He is the winner of this edition of Masterchef Celebrity and in an interview with the  BBC he said: “My parents were right at the bottom of the pile fo...
Luke Strong just came out as bisexual, and the British sport panorama gets painted with rainbows always more.
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Luke Strong just came out as bisexual, and the British sport panorama gets painted with rainbows always more.

The 27-year-old and five-time British champion trampoline gymnast publicly came out with a strong message for the homophobes. Luke has given the UK so many satisfactions with his sport titles, and in an interview with the BBC Sounds LGBT Sport Podcast, he gave the LGBT+ population even more satisfactions and explained that while this is the first time he has spoken publicly about his sexuality, his close friends and family have known for a while. He said: “I’ve never hidden anything and I’m really open about the fact that I’m attracted to both sexes, male and female, but I’ve never been in a relationship with either of them so I don’t know.” “I think like most people in the LGBT+ community, growing up is always a little bit difficult. Especially wearing a leotard, doing gymnastics, doin...
Here’s why you’d better come out
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Here’s why you’d better come out

Coming out of the closet allows you to confirm your identity and feel acknowledged. But it can't be an obligation. It has to be your choice. Coming out of the closet can be hard. It can stress you out, especially if you live in a highly homophobic family and/or environment. Whoever has already come out knows the benefits that come after speaking the truth. But we all remember the insecurities and unbearable pain before coming out. Almost all non-heterosexual people (in particular those born in the XX century) spent years and years denying their real sexual orientation. Some still do and hide in the closet, but that's a different story. Those among us who have overcome fear and shame know how better life can be once out of the closet. Nonetheless, in some cases, it's not as easy as i...
Relate and Relations: The excluded minority
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Relate and Relations: The excluded minority

Coming out of older lesbians. We focus primarily on the coming out stories of the younger generation but what we forget to acknowledge is that it is the past generations that have paved the way for today’s acceptance of the LGBT community across Western societies. My goal was to research on how the older lesbians perceive the rose to fame lesbian community. I had found a lady that I had met at a monthly meet-up in London’s famous Retro Bar. Little did I know, the story I was seeking was about to open an entirely new chapter parallel to my initial works. I had carefully prepared triggering questions only to find myself engulfed and thrown deep into the life of an individual, who at first glance one would consider to be your usual Londoner having her well deserved pint after a long ...
Dennis Del Valle comes out as gay
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Dennis Del Valle comes out as gay

‘I did not need the whole world to know I was gay.’ Dennis Del Valle, playing for a Swiss Team (Lausanne), opened up about his homosexuality in an interview with Swiss website 24 Heures. He said he regretted not coming out at his teammates earlier and added: “Now is the time to speak up. There must be lots of young athletes who live in secret, in Switzerland and elsewhere. On my level, I’ve had a successful career being gay. I hope they will say to themselves: ‘Why not me?’ Maybe I could change someone’s life. Me speaking out could allow someone to gain confidence, to feel safer, to not stop playing sport for fear of rejection.”  When asked why he came out so late to his teammates he replied: “I especially didn’t want to break the chemistry of the team, that it could become weird in...
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